TITLE

JAIL MUMS: THE STATUS OF ADULT FEMALE PRISONERS AMONG YOUNG FEMALE PRISONERS IN CHRISTCHURCH WOMEN'S PRISON

AUTHOR(S)
Goldingay, Sophie
PUB. DATE
July 2007
SOURCE
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Jul2007, Issue 31, p56
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
At present in Aotearoa New Zealand, young female prisoners aged 14–19 years are either mixed with adult prisoners, or kept separate from them within the mainstream environment. Due to the practical difficulties of keeping young women separate in this environment, they may have few opportunities for participating in rehabilitative and therapeutic programmes or education, and may face extended lock-up hours. Young male prisoners aged 14–17 are treated differently: for example, they are placed in Young Offender Units, where they are provided with age-appropriate services and interventions. The differences in treatment available to young men and young women have been explained in the past by anecdotal practice wisdom around the mother-daughter nature of the relationships between adult women prisoners and young women prisoners. The current study explores the social context within a women's prison, through in-depth interviews, in order to learn more about the nature of the relationships between adult and young women prisoners. While these are only preliminary observations based on a small number of participants, it appears that in Christchurch Women's Prison a culture of respect for older women may exist among the young women prisoners. Participants indicated that for a number of reasons ongoing close relationships with adults are essential for their wellbeing.
ACCESSION #
26399808

 

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